Official Launch of the Sustainable Return and Reintegration Joint Program
Kigali.- Following the implementation of the Cessation Clause which come into effect on June 30, 2013. The Government of Rwanda and One UN launch the Joint Programme for “Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Rwandan Returnees” on Tuesday, November 20th at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
“The returnees are among others a special group that needs specific opportunities and programs targeting them in order to facilitate them catch up with the attained progress after several years they have spent in exile without right to any ownership”, says Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, General Marcel Gatsinzi.
“The Rwandan refugees returning is expected to peak with an estimated 30,000 individuals in 2013, and a further 20,000 individuals in 2014”, said Neimah Warsame, UNHCR country Representative.
In response to the recommendation of December 31st 2011 to declare the Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees, the government of Rwanda and One UN have adopted a multi-disciplinary approach which aims to support returnees in all relevant aspects of their lives, including access to land, justice, health services, education and appropriate housing facilities, as well as agricultural and livelihood support.
As of October 2012, the estimated number of Rwandan refugees in Africa stood at 88,794. This Joint Programme seeks to meet the reintegration needs of some 60,000 returnees who may return in the next two years.
“I am personally committed to support this important program because it provides a durable and satisfying solution to the problem of the Rwandan refugees”, says Mr. Lamin Manney UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda.
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